Ideas Implemented Faster than Ever Before

I have been working on some really exciting new ideas this week and it got me thinking about the process of idea creation.

I know most people would agree that creating ideas and dreaming about the potential of a future creation can be a huge rush. The problem is that most ideas die shortly after they are conceived. I have had so many great ideas that are still written down on paper or worse yet, filed somewhere in my memory.

One of the best things I believe anyone can do is to actually implement ideas. In business, this usually means creating products or unique services. With the Internet and the availability of technology today, ideas can be implemented faster than ever before.

Check out some of my thoughts on the whole notion of idea generation and implementation. And please share some of your stories of when you were able to take an idea and actually act on it rather than letting it sit and ultimately die.

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14 Responses to Ideas Implemented Faster than Ever Before

  1. Ted Payne July 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Great point man.

    I love how easy the internet makes it to implement our ideas. I know many times we have thought of something and the next morning it was up and running. Some fail and some work – but the fact you can try so many things so quickly AND cheaply makes the internet the ideal place for “idea people”.
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    • Justin Popovic July 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

      Good point. And when you think about it, anyone with any level of motivation to achieve something is constantly generating new ideas. Assuming you have internet access, there is no excuse to not try stuff. Some things will work, others won’t but you can be an action taker and that is never a bad thing in my books!

  2. Blake Erickson July 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Ohh the idea… that one idea, it can come while washing your hair in the shower, while sitting on the toilet, while driving in your car, while meditating in the morning, while watching tv, while reading a book, while working on a project. I’ve come up with so many ideas and they are stored in many different notebooks, text files, evernote, sticky notes, and in my head.

    You can’t really just stop coming up with ideas, they just happen, but what I’ve been working on is now due dates. Setting a due date stops the idea wheel from spinning around and you start to get busy working because you realize, “holy crap I only have 3 more days to finish this project.”

    In order for me to keep everything organized, ( I just started it this week, and love it) I wrote my main definite purpose really big up on the wall and then underneath it with individual 3×5 cards I put those really important ideas(or projects) of mine and everything I have to do to complete it each on individual cards as well. I then assign due dates to each task. Putting everything up on the wall like this helps me visualize everything that needs to get done, and setting those due dates really helps me get my butt in gear and take action.
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    • Justin Popovic July 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

      That’s a great idea. I think some people would like to have your problem of constantly getting new ideas. I know some people struggle with idea creation.
      Putting due dates on ideas definitely works for me too. BIG ideas…the kind that may take a few years to realize are usually achieved through a series of smaller ideas along the way. It is these small ideas where we have to focus on due dates. The BIG idea can be hard to nail down to a due date because there are so many unknowns in the equation.

      Thanks for your comment Blake

  3. Karen July 24, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Hi Justin,

    I agree that the action takers are the ones out there actually producing the ideas and implementing them. I have tons of ideas, but it’s mostly about writing articles for my site. I need to push myself not to sit on my ideas for actual products and get them out there!

    I think the point you made about being accounted to someone in order to implement and take action on those ideas is a key point. Otherwise, some of those ideas won’t see the light of day.

    Great advice and something that I need to think about more.

    Karen
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    • Justin Popovic July 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

      Hey Karen,
      The cool thing about my example was that my accountability partners were not just cheering me on but had a part in the project. They were helping me promote the book so their success depending on me delivering. Even better motivation than just cheerleading.

  4. Stan Young July 25, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Hi Justin

    Your right technology has made it so easy to get new ideas happening very quickly, there are really no excuses not to get new ideas happening. Procrastination is still my worst enemy.
    As for great ideas I would like to know how you came up with the idea for Igniteyouressence? I am still looking but have found nothing that comes even close!
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    • Justin Popovic July 25, 2010 at 8:33 am #

      Thanks for the feedback Stan. This site started as a static site promoting my speaking and coaching services. Then I migrated it to a blog format site but I did not do any regular blogging until Feb.2010. Now I try to update video blog posts about personal development every week. I have not really seen any personal development video bloggers so I thought, why not me!!! 😀
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  5. mark July 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Hey Justin,

    It occurred to me as I was listening to this that my biggest problem is likely that I tend to discount my ideas prior to even really thinking them through. That may actually be a good thing. Who knows; maybe my ideas are terrible. But, the point is that I will never know if I continue to filter them out immediately.

    Having said that, I have begun work on my first eproduct. Its going to be pretty cool, I think.

    By the way, are you driving in this video or just sitting in the car? Seems dangerous 😉

    Great thoughts once again! Thanks Justin.
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    • Justin Popovic July 26, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

      Haha! Definitely just sitting in the car. I get so many good ideas in the car and I carry my camera with me everywhere… so I just went with the flow.
      Congrats on your first product. I won’t ask what it is because I’m sure you want to withhold that information until closer to launch date. I will keep an eye out for sure. Good to see you taking action on those ideas!

  6. Matthew Needham July 28, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    I think you’re right that most people haven’t yet realised the power of the internet.

    I have loads of ideas, I’m trying to use my site and Facebook as a means for people to get traction.

    Just downloading your manual.

    have you been kicked out of home?!
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    • Justin Popovic July 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

      Haha! No definitely not kicked out of home. Since my talk was about ideas and I get some of my ideas in the car, I thought I would set the mood 🙂

  7. David Kerr August 20, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Justin,

    Some great stuff here. I do think that environment can be a big part of getting good ideas, and sometimes just making sure we are in a suitable state to receive them – and act on them – can really make a difference.

    Without action though, ideas are worthless. We are all so tied up with trying to find the big idea hat will give us limitless success that we forget to do the smaller stuff on a day to day basis.

    Incredible momentum can be built from the powerful cumulative effect of “small idea + action” repeated over time.

    Many thanks!

    Best regards,
    David
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    • Justin Popovic August 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

      Great comment David. You nailed it. The ideas don’t have to be huge. The action doesn’t have to be huge. The commitment to having ideas and taking small steps over a long period of time is the ultimate key!

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